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What does it mean for institutions when the marker of authority is not being objective, but being transparent?

STUDY: 1 I CASE wikipedia

Questions from David Weinberger

Transparency, Authority, and publics Our engagements with open collections and collections data both reflect and shape larger shifts in the ways in which knowledge and cultural assets are accessed, structured, and networked. In conversational strands spread across multiple days of the workshop, we talked through the evolving relationships between transparency, authority, and publics, thinking critically about the values and processes we bring to collections-based work. Drawing from theory, case studies, and our own experiences, these discussions point to underlying themes for projects across institutions and fields.

Filtering works differently: it’s now easier to include everything, but we always move through the web using filters. How does this play out?

Don’t expect people to know what you have or what they want - entry points other than “search”

Can we see sources and process?

Interfaces shouldn’t be seamless: reveal the seams and provide transparency for users

Knowledge is structured differently (look at Wikipedia) - what does it look like when these structures are set up without clear edges?

Online, “labels” for objects can live & do more; not bound by prior structures

We see people sharing what they find in collections

How do users’ playlist approaches relate to traditional curatorial standards? How might they?

David Weinberger prompted us to consider the implications of a networked world

There are new models of access and use: how can we build learning from use of the collection back into the collection?

Maximizing possibilities for people to create provocations that can be brought into our work

Providing toolkits for people to do things w/ institutions & collections

How do we convey the value of learning and creation on the part of the visitor?

Showing process & human decisions

3 Cs: contribution, collaboration, co-creation

Anyone can make playlists. Who gets to curate?

STUDY: 3 I CASE omca

Community Curating at the Oakland Museum of California

Co-curation with communities

When “we” is everyone, the “museum voice” can have a byline


STUDY: 2 I CASE cooper hewıtt

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